23 February 2017

Greater China

  • Cash seizures from corrupt government officials in China have amounted to hundreds of millions of yuan. The cash was found hidden in all sorts of places, including gas tanks and manure pits. Photos: Weibo

    Tree caves, gas tanks: China’s corrupt think out of the box

    Feb 23, 2017 4:13pm
    As China continues its anti-graft campaign, corrupt government and party officials are getting ever more resourceful in trying to conceal their ill-gotten cash.  With stashing money in banks not deemed safe, as the funds can be...
  • People can be seen relaxing in beds and sofas on display at MUJI's flagship store in Shanghai. Photos: mp.weixin,

    MUJI Shanghai falls victim to customers who feel much at home

    Feb 22, 2017 12:16pm
    Japanese retail chain Mujirushi Ryohin, better known internationally as MUJI, takes pride in the clean setting and minimalistic design of its stores. But its flagship store in Shanghai is in danger of losing that distinctive aura...
  • Screen grab from a video shows a paramedic taking "lai see" (inset) before providing ambulance service to a patient in Guangzhou last week. Credit: weibo,

    Guangzhou ambulance staff under fire for demanding cash ‘gifts’

    Feb 21, 2017 2:39pm
    An ambulance service in Guangzhou has come in for scathing criticism in online forums in China following revelations that a paramedic sought cash “gifts” before transporting a patient to a hospital. According to mainland media, a...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping insists that the 'one-China' policy is the political foundation of China-US relations. Photo: Reuters

    What did Trump get in return for agreeing to keep ‘one China’?

    - Feb 20, 2017 2:49pm
    The telephone conversation between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Feb. 9 moved the two countries back from the edge of a precipice. Trump had announced that he might reject the “one...
  • The Noodle shop (left) in Wuhan where a horrific crime took place on Saturday. The picture on the right shows a man pointing at a garbage can where the severed head of the shop owner was thrown after the crime. Photos:, baidu

    Man beheads noodle shop owner after price dispute

    Feb 20, 2017 1:01pm
    Wuhan, the capital of China’s central Hubei province, has seen a horrific killing over the weekend as a noodle shop owner was decapitated after a dispute over the price of a meal. According to media reports,...
  • Video clips of the antics of an employee of Guizhou Forest Wildlife Zoo have gone viral in China. Photos:

    Tiger by the tail: China zoo faces heat over worker’s antics

    Feb 17, 2017 1:11pm
    Authorities in Guiyang, the capital of China’s southwestern Guizhou province, have launched an investigation after allegations that a tiger was being mistreated at a nearby zoo.  The move came after videos surfaced of a zookeeper pulling...
  • Xi Xiaoming, a former vice president of the Supreme People's Court, was found guilty of accepting 115 million yuan (US$16.78 million) in bribes between 1996 and 2015. Photo: AFP

    China jails former senior judge for life in graft case

    Feb 17, 2017 7:48am
    A Chinese court jailed for life a former senior judge from the country’s highest court, after finding him guilty of corruption, Reuters reports, citing state media. Xi Xiaoming, a former vice president of the Supreme People’s Court,...
  • Boxes and wrappings of duty-free goods litter the floor near the boarding gates at Jeju airport. Photo:

    Chinese tourists accused of turning Jeju airport into a dump

    Feb 16, 2017 12:28pm
    As Chinese tourists continue to swarm Jeju, South Korea’s largest island and a popular tourist resort, residents are asking if the huge boost they give to the local economy is enough to compensate for the big mess...
  • President Tsai Ing-wen marked the record tourist arrivals by sending a tweet, saying “thank you” in nine languages including Japanese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian, Filipino, Vietnamese and Hindi. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan finds new tourists to replace mainlanders

    - Feb 16, 2017 8:00am
    Like Hong Kong, Taiwan’s tourist industry is heavily dependent on mainland visitors to fill its hotels and restaurants and spend heavily in its luxury shops and specialty boutiques. But since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in...
  • A quarantine officer inspects a chicken at a poultry farm in Xiangyang, Hubei province. Photo: Reuters

    China death toll from H7N9 bird flu soars to 79 in January

    Feb 15, 2017 12:50pm
    China reported as many as 79 fatalities from H7N9 bird flu in January, the government said, far surpassing the number of deaths in recent years and stoking fears about the rapid spread of the deadly virus...
  • Between 2000 and 2015, Zhou Benshun had directly or via family members taken more than 40 million yuan (US$5.82 million) in bribes, the court said. Photo: Reuters

    Former Hebei party boss gets 15-year jail term for corruption

    Feb 15, 2017 11:39am
    A court in southeastern China gas sentenced the former Communist Party boss of the northern province of Hebei to 15 years in jail after finding him guilty of corruption, the latest senior official jailed in President...
  • File picture of Chinese paramilitary police on patrol in Xinjiang. There has been an uptick in violence in the region in recent weeks after a period of relative calm. Photo: AFP

    Knife-wielding attackers kill five in Xinjiang

    Feb 15, 2017 10:00am
    Three knife-wielding attackers have killed five people and injured another five in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region before police killed the “thugs”, authorities said. The attack took place on Tuesday evening in Pishan county in...
  • A woman boasts on social media the pangolin soup and fried rice with pangolin blood she had eaten at a restaurant in Shenzhen (inset); police raid a stall at a wet market in Zhejiang selling wild animals. Photos: Weibo

    China cracks down on trade of pangolins, wild animals

    Feb 14, 2017 3:55pm
    Authorities raided a restaurant in Shenzhen that sold rare animals and cooked them for banquets, reflecting the lack of awareness among mainlanders of the need to protect endangered species, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. In...
  • If Chinese women not getting enough dates are a problem, Chinese men not getting enough choices for marriage are a bigger problem. Photo: Reuters

    Is leasing Romeo for Juliet the new-economy way?

    - Feb 14, 2017 3:15pm
    Almost anything tangible can be shared in the peer-to-peer new economy. Now, what about love, especially on one-on-one Valentine’s Day? In what has been billed as a Couple’s Day (versus Singles’ Day on Nov. 11) event,...
  • Li Xun says China's one-party system is so far the most successful model, especially for emerging economies with social conditions drastically different from those of the West. Photo: Our Hong Kong Foundation

    How a Western-educated fund manager became a democracy basher

    - Feb 14, 2017 11:20am
    “The Chinese Communist Party was established way ahead of the People’s Republic and it always comes ahead of the nation… The party is from the Chinese society but it is always superior to the society itself,”...
  • Rather than solving runaway home prices by supplying more land, Beijing mayor Cai Qi is tackling the demand side. Photo:

    Beijing’s new mayor has a bold plan to tame home prices

    - Feb 13, 2017 10:29am
    Most cities increase land supply to tame soaring home prices. However, Beijing has taken the opposite view. Cai Qi, the city’s new mayor, said Beijing would reduce the area of construction land supply by 30 square...
  • Activists in Hong Kong demonstrate for the release of rights lawyers detained in the Chinese mainland. Photo:

    Day of Endangered Lawyers: Making sure they’re not forgotten

    - Feb 13, 2017 10:01am
    As families in Hong Kong gathered to celebrate the Lantern Festival on Sunday, our thoughts were on civil rights activists and rights lawyers who are still behind bars or under house arrest in the mainland since...
  • Duck rice porridge looks ordinary but it tastes superb. Photo: HKEJ

    Xiamen street food tour

    - Feb 10, 2017 5:35pm
    Xiamen, one of the coastal cities of China where the Minnan dialect is widely spoken, offers us enough reminders of Taiwan, which is just across the Formosa Strait. Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street is the Xiamen’s night...
  • Tsering Woeser tweeted that Liu called her and told her about her health condition. She said Liu spoke with a trembling voice. Photos: Reuters,

    Liu Xiaobo’s wife gives Tibetan writer a surprise call

    Feb 10, 2017 12:52pm
    A Tibetan writer said she received a surprise call on Thursday from a Chinese dissident’s wife, who has been under house arrest and held incommunicado by the authorities since 2009. Tsering Woeser said on her Twitter...
  • A disruption of trade with China could lead to massive price increases in low-cost stores – for example, Wal-Mart and Target – on which many Americans rely. Photo: Reuters

    Why Trump can’t bully China

    - Feb 10, 2017 10:38am
    As US President Donald Trump proceeds to destabilize the post-war global economic order, much of the world is collectively holding its breath. Commentators search for words to describe his assault on conventional norms of leadership and...

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